This Indian's heart-warming message to Pakistan cricket team is going viral

Published: June 20, 2017
India's captain Virat Kohli (C), leads his teammates as they shakes hands with Pakistan players. PHOTO: AFP

India's captain Virat Kohli (C), leads his teammates as they shakes hands with Pakistan players. PHOTO: AFP

India's captain Virat Kohli (C), leads his teammates as they shakes hands with Pakistan players. PHOTO: AFP

The India-Pakistan rivalry in cricket is like no other. Both countries are cricket crazy and whether it’s on the pitch between players or off the pitch between fans, both sides want an upper hand. For Pakistani fans though, beating India in a major international tournament had seemed an unattainable dream. Whether the World Cup semi-final in Mohali in 2011 or the T20 Final in 2007, the Indian side seemed like they could do no wrong.

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During the 2017 Champions Trophy, rivalry on social media flared with both sides trolling and riling up their rivals. When Pakistan beat India by a whopping 180 runs to lift the trophy, a war of words was expected again. However, whether it was Indian captain Virat Kohli or numerous Bollywood actors, the Indians were graceful in their defeat.

Amidst the congratulatory posts, one stood out. Archana Mohan, an Indian, posted an eloquent status on Facebook thanking Pakistan “for defeating [them]”, and then went on to explain the reasoning behind saying so.

Mohan said she woke up the next day with the surety that she would “wake up with a soul wrenching hangover after [Pakistan] pulverised [her] team yesterday.” Instead, she woke up to her family praising the Pakistani team.

“God works in mysterious ways. The boy who made a mistake in his youth has grabbed his second chance. What a great redemption!” said her mother-in-law, referring to Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir. Amir who had been banned from cricket for five years after spot-fixing, returned to the Pakistan side in 2016. His phenomenal bowling in the final was one of the reasons for Pakistan’s victory over their rivals.

“I wish we had players like theirs”, her husband said. “From the by lanes of Peshawar to an ICC event, they are cricketers in the purest sense.” Three of Pakistan’s players that contributed greatly throughout the tournament were playing an international match for the first time, namely Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees.

“And what about that boy Fakhar Zaman,” her father-in-law, said. “He is a Navy man no? That’s what a soldier does for his country,” the ex-serviceman said proudly. Fakhar Zaman who served in the Pakistan Navy previously was given a special reprieve to play cricket.

It wasn’t just Mohan’s family who was full of praises. She goes on to mention that her “colleague who had only a day earlier tweeted a crude slur on Pakistan confessed he had watched everything there was on YouTube about Sarfraz Ahmed. That man, he said sheepishly, is something else.”

On her social media, instead of insults “there were dozens of messages congratulating Pakistan and saluting their never say die spirit. ‘Marry me Babar Azam’ said one of them!”

Pakistan cricket has been suffering for a long time, most of which comes from reluctance of teams to play in Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team. For a cricket crazy country, not having played on their home ground for years is bound to take a toll. Mohan mentions this and goes on to say, “This win shows, you can never write them off. Irrespective of the result, I am sure, we will always remember this unbelievable comeback from the team that was expected to crash out in the first round itself.”

All hail the champs

She thanked the team for being an inspiration and praised her own country-men for being gracious in defeat. “Thank you for being an inspiration. India may have ended up second, but many of us won something more important than a shiny trophy – the tag of being a good sport.”

Her post has both Indians and Pakistanis praising her and their rivals’ team. It has almost 8,400 shares and more than 27,000 likes. So, in Mohan’s own words, “Perhaps there may still be hope for the two countries after all!”


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Reader Comments (10)

  • Mohammed Mirza
    Jun 20, 2017 - 12:11PM

    Well said!Recommend

  • illpopo
    Jun 20, 2017 - 12:26PM

    Shame on the people promoting hate from either sides, let’s appreciate positivity!Recommend

  • Farooq Ahmed
    Jun 20, 2017 - 12:46PM

    Good sportsmanship by Indian team. I rate Indian team as world’s #1, but the Pakistani team went out to play to their potential with a passion and defeated the strongest team. Pakistan and India must play regularly.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 20, 2017 - 2:31PM

    All this apparent good will etc will be soon be destroyed by the Indian government and we will be back to square one!Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jun 20, 2017 - 3:26PM

    Wow, positively written! Have upmost respect for Indian team’s sportsmanship on and off the field, especially Virat Kohli, pure class! I wish to visit India one day and watch a match.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jun 20, 2017 - 9:30PM

    A heartwarming piece. As I keep saying majority of people in both the countries arefriendly and peace loving. A message to the hawks on both sides… Let the sport chart out a way to peace and, tranquility in the, rigion.Recommend

  • Pakistani-American
    Jun 21, 2017 - 12:45AM

    What other choice do they have? They got destroyed. Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Jun 21, 2017 - 1:19AM

    The (chicken) Hawks in India who rule over BCCI and the sentiments of the general population will continue using cricket as a tool to create friction between the two countries and not allow Pakistan and Indian bilateral series. They will play hockey, kabaddi etc. with us but not cricket. Let’s keep sports and politics separate from each other. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 21, 2017 - 9:55AM

    hahahaha…..So true.Recommend

  • Iqra Sana
    Jun 21, 2017 - 5:45PM

    Being very honest , Indians have not accepted the defeat..
    I am on social websites all the time and what i hear is **Baap ne betay ko jeet ka tauhfa diya fathers day pr.. baap baap hota ha** *plus* **Calling us Pakistanis and Muslims terrorists**
    *That tells how they were brought up*
    **Besides, we PAKISTANIS dont want to play the BAAP of India, humein GANDAY HINDUON ko apni aulad bnane ka koi shauq nai ha**
    *They can say whatever they want to*Recommend

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